Time for return to the Liverpool way
RECENT events at Anfield leave me worried as to what the future holds.
What is going on behind the scenes?
The co-owners seem to be messing around with the club's finances; the manager is messing around with team selection; and, generally, the Liverpool FC traditions George Gillett and Tom Hicks spoke so dearly about 12 months ago seem to be totally undermined.
Everything, it seems, regarding what the owners are doing is being aired in public. Our dirty linen is being washed in front of the world - and that is definitely not following the traditions of the past.
Can't the owners - and Hicks, in particular - just shut up and get on with the business of running the club without us having to read about it all the time in the newspapers? They need to merge into the background.
Events regarding refinancing, rumoured takeovers and poor performances have left over 40,000 fans scratching their heads.
The stark fact on the playing front is that if Benitez thinks this squad is good enough, he will have to think again.
Let's get back to sanity instead of becoming a joke in the football world.
When Derby County are issuing statements regarding their takeover by Americans saying "they are not going down the Liverpool route" and "injecting debt into Liverpool FC will produce problems," plus the announcement yesterday that the club is facing ÃÂ£30m a year interest repayments on loans, then the whole situation is becoming farcical.
Let's get back to the Liverpool ways - and quick!
Benitez got it wrong
RAFA BENITEZ got it the wrong way round against Havant and Waterlooville.
Instead of playing his top names, like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres, and establishing domination - and a useful lead - first, he chose to give his squad players a chance and must have been embarrassed by an awful first half performance.
I was ashamed by what I saw in the first half. Fielding a weakened team gave the no-hopers half a chance, and they took it.
The rollicking Benitez is supposed to have given his side at the interval had some effect second half, but it wouldn't have been necessary if he had opted to field his strongest line-up.
We had players in that first period that didn't look as good as some of the Havant players!
Steve Finnan is finding life a lot harder, Martin Skrtel never got going and Javier Mascherano had a nightmare.
Good players with good players play well; good players with poorer players are brought down to their level.
I have never known a half time when so many people were asking: "What's going on?"
Fitness probably told in the second half, but even a 5-2 result against a team five divisions below was a bad result.
Murder the opposition in the first half with your strongest side and then change things later if you want, that should be the approach.
There has to be question marks against some of the players who struggled against the non-leaguers.But well done Havant.
We must go full strength
I HOPE the FA Cup performance against Havant has given Rafa Benitez food for thought.
The fifth round draw pits the Reds with Barnsley, in what should be a reasonably straightforward tie at Anfield. But the message to the manager should be: Play a squad team at your peril.
With the prospect of losing Manchester United or Arsenal for the sixth round, the incentive is there to ensure qualification to the last eight.
For heaven's sake, let's make the most of it, although the way things are at present I would not be putting any money on the Reds to win the competition.